Monday, July 30, 2012

A Busy and Productive Garden Day!

Morning Glory Blossom
We harvested cucumbers and wax beans under an overcast, cool sky. The donation, delivered Monday, July 30th, to the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen totaled 12 cucumbers, a sizable handful of wax beans and one pea pod.

We also noticed cucumber beetles running a bit rampant in the garden, so we had folks look for (and destroy) those bugs. While cucumber beetles are sort of pretty, they do spread disease to other cucurbit plants. We also noticed some beneficial pollinators in the garden: Bees (see pictures below) and one butterfly that flitted away before we could get a picture or identify it.

We opened a bean and lima seeds and found the parts there-in: the seed coat, the cotyledon (seed food) and embryo (baby plant). 

We placed the stepping stones we made on July 12th around the garden. They were not put in the path for folks to walk on because they were too lovely. They were placed among the plantings as decorations for folks to enjoy. 

We restrung the trellising and hung new signs that hopefully will not blow away. 

We found the five fruiting vegetable plants: Tomato, Cucumber, Wax Bean, Zucchini and Gourds.

Cherokee Wax Bean Blossom
Wax Beans
Dwarf Sunflower Bud
Pollinator on a squash blossom
Honey Bee on a squash blossom
Bumblebee (?) on a squash blossom
Ripening Gourd
Kara and the cucumber picked from the container she planted!
Brenten and a freshly picked cucumber
Emerald picking Cherokee Wax Beans

Kara and Clair harvesting beans
Adrian and his cucumber harvest!
Future corn!
Kara and Clair's harvest basket with their family looking on.

Kenzie putting the final string at the top of the teepee.

The Earthtenders stepping stone

Brenton fixing the trellising string and hanging a garden sign.

Cucurbits & The Three Sisters

Kaiden and his dad exploring the inside of a bean seed

Kaiden looking inside his own bean seed 

The Studley's Stepping Stone

The Harvest

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